Motor vehicle accidents can be one of the most frightening and confusing experiences that someone can go through. Following an car accident, typically our first concern the damage our vehicle has sustained, and what their insurance will cover. This results in neglecting of what is truly the most important part, our own individual health. Seeking proper care in a timely fashion is the most vital aspect in determining the overall outcome of your condition.
What are the most common injuries after car accidents?
Unfortunately, many people believe that injuries sustained following car accidents are noticeably immediately. A common misconception is that only high speed or high impact collisions cause damage. This belief largely responsible for the number of injuries that are left untreated. Therefore, the first thing to remember when making the decision to seek appropriate care is to understand that a large number of injuries can occur following many different types of collisions.
To help understand this concept, research shows that a car traveling only 5 mph at the time of impact is capable of producing the forces necessary to cause whiplash injuries. While injuries such as fractures, cuts, and dislocations are immediately noticeable, other forms of damage to musculature, blood vessels, and nerves may not become evident for days to months, or even years. Unfortunately when these injuries become evident months and years down the road, insurance companies are often not held liable for reimbursement. Therefore it is important that you undergo a complete evaluation immediately following your accident by a health care professional familiar with these injuries. Your doctor at Chiropractic Therapeutics is here to help you in this process.
How can my chiropractor help?
Chiropractors are one of the few primary health care providers who specialize in treating the musculoskeletal system. Whiplash injuries are not immediately evident but typically the most common injuries sustained during car accidents. Whiplash is caused by the neck being whipped back and forth during a car accident, while playing contact sports, or occasionally from other physical trauma. Whiplash describes the initial impact, but the results can include:
- Disc bulges and herniation
- Subluxations (misalignment of the vertebrae in the spine)
- Injured bones in the spine
- Irritated and damaged nerves
- Pulled ligaments and muscles in the neck
These minor injuries, if not addressed, can lead to to multiple neurological and musculoskeletal symptoms. In fact, it has been found that whiplash injuries are often responsible for early degeneration of the vertebrae throughout your spine, as well as a multitude of symptoms such as pain and headaches. Since automobile injuries can involve many systems throughout the body, finding a doctor who is able to address each area is important. Our team at Chiropractic Therapeutics will create an individualized treatment plan that encompasses chiropractic adjustments, active and passive physical therapy, exercise programs, and possibly nutritional modifications to help speed up the recovery process.
As you can see, seeking care immediately after an automobile accident can mean the difference between recovery and a life time of pain. If you have been in a car accident or know someone who has, please contact our team at Chiropractic Therapeutics as soon as possible to schedule a consultation.